Friday 6 August 2021

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The translated version of the coronavirus review for Lapland is published once a week.
Everyone staying in Lapland must take a coronavirus test even with the slightest of symptoms that are related to the coronavirus.

Links about the current situation:

Official instructions from Lapland to travellers who suspect they may have caught the coronavirus

THL: Travel and the coronavirus pandemic

Additional guidelines, current recommendations, and restrictions for hospital districts

THL: Progress with COVID-19 vaccinations

Lapland Hospital District

(current information at 14:07)

The Lapland Hospital District is in the baseline phase of the epidemic.

The incidence rate based on the last two weeks (19 July – 1 August) is 68.5 per 100,000 inhabitants.
The incidence rate based on one week (26 July – 1 August) is 33.4 per 100,000 inhabitants.

This incidence rate also includes cases of patients who live outside the Lapland Hospital District area. For this reason, the figure can differ from that announced by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) that does not count the figures for those people living outside of Lapland.  

The City of Rovaniemi is entering the acceleration phase – the recommendation for using face masks broadens, remote working is recommended

During this week, a total of 83 new infections were confirmed in the Lapland Hospital District area. 61 of these infections have been reported with berry pickers arriving in the area.

Information bulletin. Published on: 6 August 2021 at 1:50 p.m.
City of Rovaniemi

The Emergency Management Team convened on Friday 6 August 2021 to discuss the situation of the coronavirus epidemic in Rovaniemi.

The Emergency Management Team verified that Rovaniemi is now in the acceleration phase of the coronavirus epidemic. The numbers of infections have increased and in some cases the source of the infection cannot be ascertained. The incidence rate of Rovaniemi is currently approximately 96. This week, Rovaniemi reported 80 new infections. The criteria for declaring the acceleration phase were met even before infection with the berry pickers. The basic health care service is being burdened by increased sampling and tracing tasks, as well as the control and monitoring of those infected with the virus. In Rovaniemi, there are currently individual patients receiving hospital care. The rest of Lapland will remain at the baseline phase of the epidemic.

Due to the transition to the acceleration phase, the Emergency Management Team decided on the following recommendations:

  • The recommendation for wearing face masks is extended to all indoor workplaces.
  • The recommendation for wearing face masks is extended to people working in primary schools. In secondary schools and higher education establishments, the recommendation for wearing face masks is already valid for both students and employees.
  • In early childhood education, employees are recommended to use a face mask or visor, while taking into account the needs of child interaction. Guardian should use a face mask when in any indoor areas used for early childhood education.
  • A recommendation for remote working is issued for all workplaces and tasks where this is possible. 
  • Organisers of public events and managers of premises open to the public are reminded of the disease control measures as intended by Section 58c of the Communicable Diseases Act, which the organiser is obliged to observe.  

For the time being, recreational activities or to the number of people at public events or public gatherings will not be restricted in Rovaniemi.

Health safety needs to be observed

The City of Rovaniemi and the Lapland Hospital District would like to remind everyone to take responsibility for ensuring their own health safety:  

  • It is recommended to use face masks in indoor public places, on public transport, at workplaces, secondary schools, and universities.
  • Safe distancing, hand and coughing hygiene must continue to be observed.  
  • A coronavirus test should be taken even when experiencing the mildest of symptoms.
  • We encourage all those who are not yet vaccinated to actively seek their coronavirus vaccine. The vaccine protects against a very serious disease and can control the spread of the epidemic and reduce restrictions being imposed in the future.
  • It is also important to remember all health safety guidelines in night life and public gatherings outdoors.    

Vaccinations for healthy 15–12-year-olds in Rovaniemi will commence at the end of next week
On 5 August, the government decided to extend coronavirus vaccinations out to healthy 15–12-year-olds. The city will start vaccination of people aged 12 to 15 who do not belong to the risk groups at the end of next week. The city will publish notifications on these separately at the beginning of next week.  

Coronavirus testing with low threshold

The City of Rovaniemi would like to remind people that there are still very good reasons for taking a coronavirus test, even if experiencing the mildest of symptoms. There are now three coronavirus testing sites operating in Rovaniemi: The Mehiläinen drive-in testing station, the Terveystalo testing station, and the Lappica testing station. As an exception, the Terveystalo testing station located in the Revontuli Shopping Centre will also be open this weekend.

Mehiläinen drive-in testing station, Sairaalakatu 1

Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Terveystalo testing station, Revontuli Shopping Centre, southern section of the shopping centre, 1st floor

Monday–Friday 7:20 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Exceptional opening times: Saturday–Sunday 7–8 August 7:20 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Lappica testing station (by appointment only), Lapinkävijäntie 2

Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Testing times and locations, including additional information, can also be found on the city’s website: https://www.rovaniemi.fi/Poikkeustilanne/Koronavirus/Koronavirustestaus 

Further information available from: Paula Reponen, Administrative Senior Physician, paula.reponen@rovaniemi.fi, tel. 0400 607 238

Number of positive coronavirus tests confirmed in the Lapland Hospital District by week

Week no. 29 (19–25 July): 41 cases  

Week no. 30 (26 July – 31 August): 40 cases  

Week no. 31 (current week): 83 cases (as of 6 August at 14:07)  

The total number of cases confirmed in the Lapland Hospital District on the basis of coronavirus tests conducted at testing stations is 1046. This figure also includes persons living outside the area.

Infection Control Unit

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Länsi-Pohja Hospital District

(current information at 10:56)

The Länsi-Pohja Hospital District is now in the baseline phase of the epidemic.

The transmission of infections is now taking place in mass events – the risk of infection can be significantly reduced by maintaining good hand hygiene, adequate safe distancing, and by using face masks

Three new cases of the coronavirus have been reported in the Länsi-Pohja Hospital District since yesterday. There has been a total of 20 new infections this week.

A total of 799 infections have been detected throughout the pandemic, including those confirmed with border testing.

The analysis of the mass exposures identified yesterday is still partially ongoing. So far, approximately 150 people have been exposed to the coronavirus and placed in quarantine.

One of the mass exposures is exposure that occurred in Kemi at the Lappia Vocational College. In Tornio, exposures have taken place in the men’s football representation match and at the children’s ice hockey camp. In addition, one mass exposure is linked to the Kuninkuusravit horse racing competition.  

Individual infections have also been detected in the area coming from the Qstock music festival.

In other parts of Finland, mass events have been seen to enormously increase the spread of infections. When taking part in such events, the risk of infection can be significantly reduced by taking good care of hand hygiene, practising adequate safe distancing, and by using a face mask. In addition, no-one should take part in any public event when experiencing symptoms, rather a coronavirus test must be sought even if experiencing the mildest of symptoms. In addition to the usual respiratory symptoms, symptoms can also be manifested as stomach bugs (e.g. diarrhoea).

Number of positive coronavirus tests confirmed in the Länsi-Pohja Hospital District by week

Week no. 29 (19–25 July): 25 cases  

Week no. 30 (26 July – 1 August): 10 cases

Week no. 31 (current week): 20 cases (as of 6 August at 10:56)  

The total number of cases confirmed in the Länsi-Pohja Hospital District on the basis of coronavirus tests conducted at testing stations is 799.  

Infection Control Unit